ANRAKU SORATO DOMINATES MEN’S BOULDER SEMI-FINAL ROUND
Two generation of climbers are about to clash in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, where the fourth stage of the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) World Cup Series 2023 will conclude tonight.
In the men’s Boulder semi-final round, the top two position were taken by 16-year-old Japanese talent Anraku Sorato, and Tokyo 2020 Olympian and two-time Boulder world champion Narasaki Tomoa – 26.
Anraku, whose best World Cup result is a fifth place at this year’s World Cup in Hachioji, Japan, absolutely crushed the competition, topping all four boulders with three flashes. More specifically, the 16-year-old was the only climber among all semi-final participants to top problems M2 and M3.
Also in the final are 27-year-old Sean Bailey of the USA, and teenagers Toby Roberts of Great Britain, Sano Daiki of Japan, and Hannes Van Duysen – respectively 18, 19, and 18.
For the men’s Boulder semi-final complete results click here.
The final competition day of the IFSC World Cup Salt Lake City 2023 will continue this afternoon with the men’s Speed qualification, starting at 15:45 (UTC-6:00), the men’s Boulder final is scheduled to start at 18:00, while the men’s Speed final will close the event at 20:00.
All rounds will be live streamed on the IFSC YouTube channel.
News and updates about the event will be available on the IFSC website and on the Federation’s digital channels: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and exclusively for the Chinese audience, Weibo and Douyin.
Anraku Sorato and two more Japanese climbers advanced to the men's Boulder final at Salt Lake City 2023
Photo: Slobodan Miskovic/IFSC